10 May 2018

HR conference promotes southern England as great place to work

How can businesses help promote the South as a great place to live and work and attract talent to the region?

Business South, is to host a half-day conference to help human resources (HR) directors, CEOs and business leaders learn effective strategies to recruit and retain talent.

The ‘Attracting and Nurturing Talent’ conference takes place at Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel on Thursday 17 May. It gives attendees the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues facing HR professionals and businesses today with a group of like-minded individuals.

The conference will host talks from a number of industry experts. Tackling the topic of underutilised talent pools, Emma Lincoln, from community project Age Friendly Island, will discuss the value of employing older people and how best to support older employees in the workplace. On the other end of the scale, David Allison from Get My First Job, will discuss some of the issues in this region for young people looking for work.

A number of talks will cover the creation and management of a positive workplace, with Lee Loveless from Supporting Minds speaking about mental health in the workplace and Alexander Peach from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) hosting a discussion on delivering effective leadership at work and making the best use of apprenticeship levy funds. The conference will also welcome Deputy Head of Student Services at Solent University, Alison Golden, to discuss the issues facing graduates and how businesses can attract, support and retain them within the region.

The final speaker will be Mark Smith, CEO of Southern Co-op and Ambassador for Business in the Community, concluding the discussion on the responsible business agenda.

Shirley Anderson, HR Director at Red Funnel Group and Chair of the Business South HR Action Group, said, “As the job market becomes even more competitive, recruitment remains a major priority for businesses in the South. This half-day conference looks to open up discussions amongst businesses of all sizes with effective and innovative strategies with which to attract and retain employees and will give them the space to discuss the HR topics that matter most to them.”

The conference will be hosted by Business South HR Action Group. Business South looks to connect leading employers, promote the area and champion the economy in south of England. The HR Action group brings together professionals, academics and business people to promote the region as a great place to live and work.

The event is sponsored by Solent University, Atlas Residential, Snows Group, and Hampshire County Council.

The Business South Attracting and Nurturing Talent conference takes place 8.30am-12pm on 17 May at Best Western, Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7PT. Tickets cost £40 for Business South Champions and £80 for businesses. Find out more and book now:

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